Rock 'n Roll Marathon

The Fairest Week In Review: 1/31

I’ve impulse-bought races on occasion before, but this is a new one: last weekend I impulse-entered a marathon. The Rock ‘n Roll Marathon DC, to be exact, a race I had previously rejected due to March’s unpredictable weather patterns. But since I survived the frigid temperatures of the WDW Marathon, I’m now a little more willing to take my chances. The clincher, though, was getting a Groupon offering a marathon bib for a mere $100 AND a further discount code that brought the cost down to $80. For a marathon. runDisney this is not. Which of course means that...

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Tim Curry

In Which Jenn Plays The Post-Marathon Blame Game

I run the Marine Corps Marathon for time. I run the WDW Marathon for fun. So when I blew MCM and trounced WDW (but no PR because of character stops), I wanted to break down why. Prepare for many Thoughts On The Matter. NOT REMOTELY MY FAULT: The weather. One can reasonably expect that the Marine Corps Marathon, on October 30, would be cool. The WDW Marathon, in the unpredictable land of Orlando winter, is something of a crap shoot, but one wouldn’t necessary lay down money on real cold. And yet MCM enjoyed a high of 78 degrees...

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WDW Passholder line

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: 1/09

It’s trip report time again! I love trip reports! I’m recapping my January 2017 trip to WDW for the marathon. You can see all the posts in this report here. Onward! As Jean Valjean once said: one day more… I started my last WDW day in the usual way: I showered, knocked out some last minute packing, checked my bag, and hopped a bus to the Magic Kingdom. I thought I’d be catching one of the last showings of the train station welcome show, but as it turned out that ship had already sailed, replaced by the new welcome show on...

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Stormtroopers

The Fairest Week In Review: 1/25

Back to it, because the Star Wars – Dark Side Half Marathon ain’t gonna train for itself. Sunday | rest Monday | ran 10.12 miles outside in 1:50 Riding the high of my chilly but successful marathon, I made the mistake of thinking that maybe my lungs had adapted to the cold. I went for an outdoor run with temperatures in the low 40s, and it went… okay. My lungs weren’t thrilled, but they also weren’t demanding I stop this nonsense immediately. I got the run done. But I’ve been more comfortable in my life. Tuesday | walked 2.14...

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Epcot

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: 1/08

It’s trip report time again! I love trip reports! I’m recapping my January 2017 trip to WDW for the marathon. You can see all the posts in this report here. Onward! Post-marathon, I snagged a bus immediately and made it back to my room around 11:30am. This would’ve thrilled last year me, who needed to shower and book, but as I wasn’t leaving until the next day I instead luxuriated in the gift of time. First I showered, then I ate a couple snacks and hung around on the computer. Indeed, I was so comfortable (and, let’s face it, tired and...

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WDW Marathon

The Fairest Week In Review: 1/19

I love being a runner. Sometimes I even love running. I love feeling that I’m keeping my body in good shape. I love races. I love feeling accomplished. But I gotta say, that week after a marathon where I don’t have to run at all is pretty awesome. So much time! So much sleep! Segue into this, oh, ever so impressive workout log from last week: Sunday | The WDW Marathon, plus my phone thinks I walked another 12ish miles around WDW/to-from start/etc. Soooo happy. Monday | walked around WDW; according to my phone, 11.7 miles Tuesday | 60...

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WDW Marathon

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: The 2017 WDW Marathon

It’s trip report time again! I love trip reports! I’m recapping my January 2017 trip to WDW for the marathon. You can see all the posts in this report here. Onward! FLORIDA, YOU HAD ONE JOB. I hear tell of a mythical WDW Marathon some years ago where it was so cold the course was marked by snow and sleet. This is the only possible way the weather for this year’s marathon could’ve been weirder. The forecast called for a temperature just under 40 degrees at the start of the race; I had known that coming in. What caught me...

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Festival of the Lion King

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: 1/07

It’s trip report time again! I love trip reports! I’m recapping my January 2017 trip to WDW for the marathon. Onward! My morning began with my dad waking me up five minutes before my alarm was even set to go off, but I can’t really complain seeing as how he was giving me a ride to the airport. (Always encourage your parents to live near the airport.) Airport portion of the story was surprisingly uneventful, given the weather patterns circling around at the time. We boarded a little late as we were waiting on the requisite number of flight...

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Westworld

In Which Westworld Is Not Walt Disney World… Mostly

You’re familiar with “Westworld,” right? The new HBO show more so that the movie, featuring a future theme park characterized by audio-animatronics that are indistinguishable from real humans, leaping handily over the uncanny valley until you shoot them in the head and they actually die. The bullets won’t kill real people. Which leads me to one thing that drives me nuts about the show. Here is a world built beautifully to true life, except of course that it is far more interesting and exciting than real life. It portrays the past as a living movie, full of characters with...

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